Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative at Global Academy

Our unique FREE industry-focused programme in partnership with Disruptive Talent Group for 18+ students has been designed to kickstart your career in the creative media industry.

University isn’t for everyone. If you’re 18 or older and keen on launching your freelance media venture or nurturing your creative side, Global Academy’s collaboration with the Disruptive Talent Group could be your game-changer.

Our FREE one year course helps you expand your network, build entrepreneurial skills, and kickstart your own creative business. Partnering with industry leaders, we offer real-world experiences and tailored training to prep young creatives.

Skip the traditional university path and gain top-notch, tuition-free training to jumpstart your creative career.

Meet Jay

Jay Harris is the Course Lead for our Year 14 programme.

With nearly 20 years of experience as a Founder, MD, and Lead Creative Strategist  – Jay has coached talent across major UK media brands, including BBC, Global, ITV, YouTube, and Twitch.

His achievements include executive producer credits for award-winning podcast series, six leading radio shows, and mentoring over 35 presenters.

How to apply ....

How to Apply:

To apply to join us in September 2024 – Head over to our Apply Now page and complete the Year 14 application form!

Please note – there is a rolling deadline. Limited places.

For further details please contact our Admissions – admissions@globalacademy.com

Course Fees

This course is FREE for anyone under 19 years old when the course begins on September 1st 2024, a limited number of bursaries are available for exceptional applicants who will be 19+ when the course starts.

Additionally, students who’re 19 or under are applicable for additional travel bursary /financial support depending on their circumstances (eg. received Free School Meals or Sixth Form Bursary.

The course fee for 19+ students is £4,500 – students are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government.

Kickstart Your Career at Global Academy

Discover the UAL Awarding Body Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise at Global Academy, nestled in the heart of vibrant West London.

Our intensive one-year course is meticulously crafted to equip you with vital skills, knowledge, and industry insights for a thriving career in the creative sector.

Collaborate across diverse creative disciplines, craft your portfolio, engage with clients, and master essential business strategies pivotal for launching your career in your chosen creative field.

As a student, you’ll directly collaborate with employer partners like Global, a leading media and entertainment powerhouse. With Europe’s largest radio network featuring renowned brands such as Capital, Heart, and Radio X, alongside other industry giants, this immersive year-long experience opens doors to unparalleled industry connections.

Perfect for individuals eager to initiate projects, venture into freelancing, or seeking a comprehensive full-time learning experience to expand and explore their creative potential.

Where could this course lead too?

The Year 14 programme is crafted to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge needed to forge careers as creative professionals.

This qualification serves as a launchpad, ideal if you have a specific project in mind. It’s an opportunity to delve into entrepreneurial activities, honing vital business and management skills essential for identifying and seizing creative sector opportunities.

Potential careers after completion include:

💻 Running a Content Production Company or Freelance Business

🎬 Radio or TV Content Production

📸 Social Content / Graphic Design Production

🎉 Event Management

📈 PR and Marketing Executive roles

✨ Roles as Presenters, YouTubers, Actors, Podcasters, and much more!


This programme opens doors to diverse and exciting career paths within the creative industry and beyond.

  • What are the Entry Requirements?

    In order to be considered for the course we are looking for the following criteria:

    • Merit/C or above in relevant courses at sixth form

    • Attendance 90% and above in Sixth Form

    • Aged 18 when the course starts

    • Demonstrate examples of the skills listed above plus highest standards of industry professionalism

    • Demonstrate previous experience within your preferred specialism (this could be either work experience, professional experience or being involved in extra curricular projects at Global Academy or your sixth form college – eg. Youths Choice).

  • What is the course Teaching Delivery like?

    The learning experience on this course is primarily project-based, with a range of activities including line management meetings, production meetings, workshops, and independent study. As part of their coursework portfolio, students will also act as intern production assistants across the Academy, gaining valuable experience in a practical setting. Depending on availability, students may also have the opportunity to undertake industry placements or work experience.

    The minimum time commitment for this course is 15 hours per week, with students expected to attend the Academy for three days each week. We encourage students to use the remaining two days for gaining industry-relevant work experience.

    Please note that there is some flexibility in learning hours, with occasional evening and weekend sessions for shoots, productions, exhibitions, or conferences.

  • What skills are needed to join Year 14?

    The course is set to get you industry ready – however, we require students to have the following skills (or be prepared to learn them) to get the best out of the course:

    • A business idea or concept for your freelance basis or personal brand
    • Proven problem-solving skills
    • Organisation, focus and creativity
    • Ability to communicate with people at all levels in a professional and mature manner
    • Self-motivated with an internal drive to deliver great work and facilitate others
    • Attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure
    • Good sense of project management
    • Abilities with technical equipment, studios and software
    • The ability to show initiative
    • Passion for creative entrepreneurship/media production/events/marketing

  • Production Office

    Year 14 students will be based in their own ‘Production Office’ on the third floor of the Academy and will have weekly line management meetings with their mentor who will oversee the course and project delivery.

    Year 14 students will work with other members of staff and industry professionals as required as part of their individual projects which they’re working on.

  • Course Timeline

    The UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise  will run at Global Academy from September – May.

    September – October
    Unit 1: The Creative Entrepreneur

    This unit introduces the student to the requisite enterprise skills that are necessary to kickstart a creative business venture.

    October – January
    Unit 2: The Creative Practitioner

    This unit will provide the student with the opportunity to define their artistic ambitions by providing the necessary time and space to research and develop their creative ideas. Students will position and contextualise their creative concept within a distinctive area of contemporary practice and will conduct case studies in order to identify and distinguish market competitors directly operating within their chosen field.

    January – May
    Unit 3: The Creative Enterprise development project

    This unit requires the student to develop, formalise and present a sustainable creative enterprise business plan. Students will take control of their own professional development by independently initiating a feasibility study, which will support and inform an in-depth creative enterprise business plan. The business plan will outline all the budgetary, legal, branding, marketing and health and safety requirements while also contextualising the students’ own creative practice within the wider creative industries.

    Units 1 and 2 can be awarded a grade of Pass only. Unit 3 can be awarded a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. The overall grade is determined by the student’s achievement in Unit 3.

  • Apply Now

    How to Apply:

    To apply to join us in September 2024 – Head over to our Apply Now page and complete the Year 14 application form!

    Please note – there is a rolling deadline. Limited places.

    For further details please contact our Admissions – admissions@globalacademy.com

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?